Only Strangers are Normal

by Controllar

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Only Strangers Are Normal is also an ode to our 90's heroes- from the Pixies and Jane's Addiction to Nirvana; it is a darkly sinister and powerful album connecting our experiences of being strangers in a new town with the heightend euphoria and isolation of being on tour.

The title reflects on the phenomena that the closer you get, the less normal things starts to appear. As you scratch the surface of artificial first encounters, the image of what is 'regular' or 'normal' begins to contort and eventually dissolves into the chaos of the everyday.

The 8 tracks in Only Strangers Are Normal were mixed in Tel Aviv's famous Kicha studio by Tomer Harari. The album was then mastered by John Golden at Golden Mastering in San Francisco.

Only Strangers Are Normal is a short and intense album- 30 minutes packed full of ideas and styles, laced with expressive vocals, punk beats, unconventional electronics and wild guitars. The songs carry you tumbling down the rabbit hole and leave you more stranger than normal.

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released October 9, 2014

Recorded at Labosonic, Brussels by StereoConflicts
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Kol Ha'am Studio, Akko by Yuval Kfir
Mixed by Tomer Harari at Kicha studios
Mastered by JJ Golden at Golden Mastering, 2014
All music and lyrics by Controllar

Anat Spiegel- vocals, guitar
Thomas Myrmel- electronics, bass, vocals
Gur Spiegel- Drums

*additional violin on Hooks- Adi Silberberg

www.controllar.org
Thank you Jeremy, Yael, Gilad, Yuval, and all our various families.

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Controllar Amsterdam, Netherlands

Controllar is the Amsterdam based experimental rock trio lead by Anat Spiegel's unconventional vocals. Controllar's music evokes shards of electro-noise swallowed by punk beats. Together with computer wizard Thomas Myrmel and punk drummer Gur Spiegel they are a force to be reckoned with! ... more

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Track Name: Again Again
No hoof stands still
No feathers left unruffled
as time tick thick
the ball of yarn unravels.

Again, again.

Derail, sink back.
Stand tall before the fallout
As knots untie
the hours countless chime.

Again, again.

No hoof stands still
No feathers left unruffled
as time tick thick
the ball of yarn unravels.
Track Name: Kicksin
The drug kicks in
Sweet endorphines
and for a while
nothing is right.

I told you when
will tell you how
and for a while

nothing is mine

I know you well
I know you'll haunt me
I know you well
I know you'll haunt me

The drug kicks in
sweet
and for a while
nothing.

I know you well
I know you'll haunt me
I know you well
I know you'll haunt me
Track Name: Nectar
The sweet nectar
brings the herds to the streets.
In the cool of night
even the strongest crack.
The sweet nectar
brings the herds to the streets.
In the cool of night

They skip,
And dance,
they shake,
and sway.

The sweet nectar
brings the herds to the streets.
In the cool of night
They skip,
And dance,
they shake,
and sway.

In extasy
in extasy
in extasy.
Track Name: Hands
This room is full of heads
these heads are off their hooks
I'll egg and bread myself
we'll have a fry

No one's asleep
no one's awake
its just the simple liquor talk
all from your mouth
down to my knees
all from your dust
until you're dawn.

We'll have a fry.
This room is full of heads
these heads are off their hooks
I'll egg and bread myself
we'll have a fry.
Track Name: Sweet & Sticky
Days are grey
Sweet & Sticky
In bed with my toys and my lace
Soft wood & hard candy
Linger a while.
Shaved and cut
Holy Golightly on me
with you knots and your ties
Cloaked gods & white honey
Linger a while.
Tangle your feet
in the rhymes of the heat
Color the dark with apples.
Track Name: Hooks
Strings and hooks
gently slide by.

You,
I'm a metal box
and you
propellor spinning tight
You,
I'm a metal box
and you
propellor tightly spin.

You
I'm a metal box and you
propellor spinning tight

Force
shining deep and moth and true
they take another night.

Never, never take my place
While these burns will
slowly subside.
Never, never take my place
While these burns will
slowly subside.

Strings and hooks
gently slide by.

You
I'm a metal box and you
propellor spinning tight.
You,
I'm a metal box
and you
propellor tightly spin.

Strings and
Track Name: Belong
Faces.
Blank faces.
We will watch the ritual
with faces
blank faces
the ultimate form of expression
the blank face says it all.
The power
is in the multitude
and the blank faces.

Don't wanna hear the rage
Don't wanna see the tears
Can not hear the the scream
Track Name: Oak
The crooked placement
The leaning oak
The dripping cloth
with which I soak
the imaginary
sweat from my brow
as my body grows weak
from indignation.

let the oak grow straight
from the earth to the sun
left alone
he does his job
and so should we.